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Food and Friends

10 Mar

FuMin Dinner Party

Every recipe in my recipe album has a reason for being there. Most are passed on by family or created in our own kitchen. But a select few (some of our favorites) are from friends. On each recipe I make sure to note who passed it on to us, when they first shared it with us, and what makes it so special.

Here are three of my all-time, “Food and Friends” favorites:

  • Fu-Min’s Garlic Shrimp
  • Margo’s Chicken Curry
  • Lubbat Family Hummus

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A Feast of Holiday Ideas

25 Nov
Bonus Idea: Finger Print Tree!

Bonus Idea: Finger Print Tree!

As a thank you for your support and readership over the past three years, I’ve rounded up a feast of holiday ideas—crafts, dinner party fun, and hostess gifts—in one handy post.

You have plenty to take care of. Let me help check something off of your list.

Then, take that extra time to really be present for those you’re thankful for. That’s the best gift I could possibly give you.

Happy together time,
Angela

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Louis CK … Zen Master?

7 Oct

Louis_CK_ZenMasterAs I mentioned in my post last week, I’m expecting my second child now, which has brought a vast range of emotions, along with a profound appreciation for both the good and the bad of pregnancy … and life in general.

One day, while crying over, oh I don’t know, the way the morning light played upon the smiling face of a grandma and child in the coffee shop and a certain nostalgic briskness in the air (hormones), I texted my friend: “What the hell is wrong with me?”

She pointed me to the following video. Seeing Louis CK and Conan O’Brien staring back at me, I seriously thought she sent me the wrong URL.

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Love and Difference

15 Jul
DifferentKidsNecklaces

Photo by Wendi Gratz, Flickr Creative Commons

How do we reconcile love and difference? It’s a question we all must confront at some point or other, whether as fellow citizens, friends, siblings, daughters, sons, spouses, or parents.

Particularly as parents. How we face this question doesn’t just affect us. It sculpts those born to trust in our guidance, love, and example.

As Jim Sinclair, a prominent Autism activist, points out:

Photo by Petra Gagilas, Flickr Creative Commons

Photo by Petra Gagilas, Flickr Creative Commons

“A lot of the time, the question of parenthood is: What do we validate in our kids, and what do we ‘cure’ in them … When parents say, ‘I wish my child did not [X],’ what they’re really saying is, ‘I wish the child I have did not exist, Continue reading

Modern Family

4 Feb

What is a modern family?

No, not that Modern Family. [Photo courtesy of Loren Javier, Flickr Creative Commons.]

No, not that Modern Family. [Photo courtesy of Loren Javier, Flickr Creative Commons.]

But there’s been another type of family growing in ranks on TV and in real life.

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Best Friends

3 Dec

Two years ago a lot of people lost their rock, friend, confidant, and biggest cheerleader. One of those people was Mae.

Sue and Mae were best friends for more than 40 years.

Best Friend

Mae wrote a piece about her friendship with Sue, and it gives me comfort to post it on this two-year anniversary. Mae was with us that longest night. She was also the one we called when we couldn’t be at Shirley’s side in her last moments. Mae was always there when we needed her most—when Sue and Shirley needed her most.

On a personal note: When I needed an extra set of arms to comfort my baby girl while I comforted Sue, Ryan, friends, family, and even myself, she was there for me, too. I’ll never forget that, Mae. Thank you.

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Giving Thanks

21 Nov

ThanksgivingOur lives, in both good and bad times, are very much a product of the influential people who surround us.

Today I’m acknowledging 10 such people in my life. (You might even be surprised by the last one.) I encourage you to do so, too, whether it’s by phone, handwritten letter, e-mail, or even a simple text. You’d be amazed how good it feels.

Life is too short not to appreciate the engineers who affect our ordinary existence, making it something rather extraordinary.

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